Bears To Play At London’s Wembley Stadium In October

LONDON (CBS) — In England, what they call football, we Yanks call soccer.

But football teams of the American variety – one of them the Bears – will take to the field at Wembley Stadium in London for a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in October, assuming the ongoing labor dispute doesn’t alter the NFL season.

The Bears announced plans earlier this month to play in London, but the date wasn’t set until this week.

The National Football League said Monday that the Bucs will return to London for the second time in three years, having lost to the New England Patriots at Wembley in 2009. For the Bears, the game on Oct. 23 will mark the 25th anniversary of having played a preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys at the stadium.

It is the fifth year in a row that the NFL stages a regular-season game in London.

However, the league and its locked-out players have yet to reach a deal on a new labor agreement, meaning the 2011 season could be in jeopardy.

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  • eb922

    *WHY NOT!?!* Don’t get your panties in a twist over ONE game in 256 regular season games. Why does any American company try to get a foothold internationally? America’s all about making more money.

    I’m from Chicago, I live in northern England. This is probably the only time I will ever get to see a live Bears game. So what’s the problem? I’m asking, seriously.

    Oh, and now maybe the Bucs fans can actually watch a home game on TV without it being blacked out.

  • Will Baron

    Speaking as a London Bears fan I’m excited that Da Bears are coming to play Wembley, not only as I don’t have to travel so far but the fact that Chicago has secured what will turn out to be an extra home game in the schedule. London and the UK owes a debt of gratitude to Da Bears for bringing us football 25 years ago and finally we are given a chance to repay the debt in showing our support of the franchise and your great city. I urge as many fans to make the trip, this is your home from home as Chicago is mine. Hope as many of you can make the trip.

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